The church lady made the best shortbread.

women jogging discuss the value of chocolate
Or at least add chocolate to his shortbread!

Krusteaz Bakery Style Shortbread Cookie Mix

I didn’t know what shortbread was until I visited the homemade baked goods section of a church fair many years ago. They looked kind of bland, but the price was right. What a delicious discovery when I got home! Yum!

krusteaz shortbread
Krusteaz is still a nice name for cookies

I made them myself once or twice, but they didn’t taste as good as the church lady’s. Isn’t that the truth, when someone else cooks, it tastes SO much better? Or is that just me?

Basically, shortbread, sometimes called Scottish Shortbread, is just butter, sugar and flour, with a little vanilla optional. They’re not complicated. (A shortbread recipe I recently found also has chopped chocolate, from the Food Network, and it looks like it’s worth trying!)

So how could a box of cookie mix with these limited ingredients be bad, hmmm? But it was. The cookies were the blandest bland ever, not buttery, and hard as a stone to bite, to boot. Ugh.

I like the brand name of Krusteaz, and their packaging, and I’ve tried other boxed mixes from them that I liked, so I was very disappointed.

What others are saying

Interesting, (fake) Amazon reviewers just loo0ved them! TastyKitchen has a recipe for them, with other brand names, so it maybe  sponsored (by Krusteaz), but they’re not saying.

Preview hint: It might not get better…wait until I finish the review of their Lemon Bars Mix.